QUOTE (Tombow @ May 6 2009, 02:19 AM)
QUOTE (Vagrant @ May 5 2009, 09:13 PM)
And if someone wants to talk about both anime or the franchise as a whole or ask a question about, say the novels or the voice actors
- FMA novels are discussed in FMA manga section, and VAs are discussed in FMA anime setion. And, fan-made video is discussed in FMA Fanworks section. ^^
Ah, I missed the part about the manga section then.
But there's two animes. What if people want to talk about both?
And in the fanworks section you yourself closed a topic about other people's videos saying"this forum is for posting fanworks including FMA videos made by YOURSELF" and that these are supposed to be put in some other thread. :\
The characters section is pretty much fine, it's active enough to merit it's own section. Although I still think it should maybe be broadened to the franchise in general (for anything else that overlaps)...
The Brotherhood section only has about four always active topics and a weekly episode discussion thread.
The manga section has about the same amount of activity.
The old anime - I just don't see the point of its subforums at all. And the tenth thread down of the main section dates back to the 25th February. Not to mention the pinned topics that go back to march.
The film is pretty much a part of the original anime and definitely should be merged. "Those Who Have Seen The Movie, Rate It!" is the only regularly active thread thar.
The game discussion is sort of all over the place. I dunno. I'm probably biased against that because I don't like the FMA games. >_<
Fanworks' activity doesn't really need the two subforums either, does it?
And the tenth topic of the music section goes back to the 18th of December 2008.
I just think it could be improved and it would help streamline the forums more. Considering how tightly discussion is reined in to general threads for everything, all the space seems wasted. Right now it seems to discourage activity to me. :\
ETA: May 6
Little confused about the editing of your original post and I could've sworn you replied to this thread earlier. So I'm replying to your edit, I guess. Which is why I'm technically double posting here.
QUOTE (Tombow @ May 6 2009, 02:19 AM)
Oh, and since fanworks forum is for fanworks done by our members, so if the vids are not made by our members but just some vids found on the Web, then we have different thread made to catch those also. And, BTW, as far as I know, we don't make threads and discuss about other boards or other fan communities on our board.
Could you point me in the direction of these threads?
And I didn't mean discussing other websites, I meant discussing FMA fandom in general. When it isn't specific to characters or one type of media.
I'm also not saying there should be one single forum that everything FMA should be moved into, I'm just saying I think you should cut down on the overabundance of sections and subsections.
For one example; I don't see the point of splitting up the Japanese and American FMA watchers OR having a mother forum for both of these. It would be simpler and more encouraging of activity to have it as just one forum for the original series. And since the movie is part of that, I'd suggest merging that one in there too.
However, I was suggesting is that the characters section should be expanded to FMA as a whole. So that if anyone wishes to talk about things that cross over into the different media, instead of JUST one thing, they can do so.
Any topics pertaining to say just the manga, can still go in the respective section.
I think there seems to be some big difference in the definition of "active" threads, but anyway, according to what I consider to be active, as in the threads that are still open and hence the members are welcomed to post on, and many posters do... I think we have roughly 1,200 or so of these threads that are open and "postable" among FMA forums, and among them are 100 ~ 200 of considerably more active threads.
I class 'active' as regularly posted in.
If you take the manga section, the first pinned topics, the latest chapter discussion topic, and two other topics seem to be the only ones that have been regularly active and posted in just almost every day.
Basically, if the sections were laid out something like this:
- Fullmetal Alchemist franchise (for anything that overlaps)
- Original anime (one section for all of it, including Conqueror of Shamballa)
And topics about music could go in the section related to what they originate from. (like music from the original series in the original series section) Fanworks could go in respective sections as well, or maybe a subforum in the Franchise section, if that would be better.
Now I'm not saying that's exact or perfect, but just something along those lines.